Coast Guard rescues surfer from Yaquina Head cliffside

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Sector North Bend

USCG File Photo

NEWPORT, Ore. — Coast Guard personnel and a Lincoln County vertical rescue team rescued a surfer off a cliffside near Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Sunday evening.

An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, hoisted the surfer from the cliffside and transported him to the Newport Airport where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.

Lincoln County Dispatch relayed a call to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend at 7:32 p.m., reporting the stranded surfer on the cliffside. The surfer abandoned his surfboard and climbed up some rocks after being pulled from the beach by a riptide.

A Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat also responded to the call for help.

No injuries or immediate medical concerns were reported.

At the time of the rescue, the water temperature was 51 degrees and the air temperature was 52 degrees with winds reaching 10 mph.

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